"You know, a lot of the Dilbert strips go over my head, but I use my all-time favorite in one of my seminars. The boss is giving a performance appraisal. He says, 'I'll raise your appraisal from four to five if you eat a bug.' The employee says, 'What?' The boss says, 'Eat a bug. How much clearer can I be?' Then the boss says, 'I didn't have much luck with the other management techniques, so I'm kind of winging it now.'"Daniels believes the answer is to use measurement to find out the few simple things that really work to shape behavior, and then employ them in an open, honest way. One of the things he's found that works is a very simple idea that can lead to very big results. Kathryn Cramer of The Cramer Institute remembers Daniels describing it in a presentation she attended:
"Our research shows the most reinforcing question you can ask somebody is, 'How did you do that?' It's reinforcing because it helps the person who just did something right pause and reflect. If you ask yourself or someone else that question, almost always people will pause and say, 'Well, I don't know exactly. I just did it.' It prompts you to think it through, step by step. This is a great way to help the integration process, where we really have a deeper knowing of what we did. We get confidence as a bonus."Conversation:
- What management fads or techniques have driven you nuts?
- Some experts believe annual performance reviews should be abolished because they do more harm than good. Do you agree or disagree?
- How do you feel when you sense someone is using a technique to interact with you?
- What is the best way people can compliment you on your work?
- How do you handle compliments?
- How do you compliment others?
"The man who carries a cat by the tail learns something that can be learned in no other way." - Mark Twain
"Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." - Louis L'Amour
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good news, who proclaims peace and brings glad tidings of good things." - Isaiah 52:8
"Don’t ever cuss that fiddle, boy, unless you want that fiddle out of tune." - Willie Nelson